Review: Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade

(*Recieved from Netgalley for review).

After being sent back from the light, Alona Dare – former homecoming queen, current Queen of the Dead – finds herself doing something she never expected: working. Instead of spending days perfecting her tan by the pool (her typical summer routine when she was, you know, alive), Alona must now cater to the needs of other lost spirits. By her side for all of this – ugh – “helping of others” is Will Killian: social outcast, seer of the dead, and someone Alona cares about more than she’d like.

Before Alona can make a final ruling on Will’s “friend” or “more” status, though, she discovers trouble at home. Her mom is tossing out Alona’s most valuable possessions, and her dad is expecting a new daughter with his wicked wife. Is it possible her family is already moving on? Hello! She’s only been dead for two months! Thankfully, Alona knows just the guy who can put a stop to this mess.

Unfortunately for Alona, Will has other stuff on his mind, and Mina, a young (and beautiful) seer, is at the top of the list. She’s the first ghost-talker Will’s ever met—aside from his father—and she may hold answers to Will’s troubled past. But can she be trusted? Alona immediately puts a check mark in the “clearly not” column. But Will is – ahem – willing to find out, even if it means leaving a hurt and angry Alona to her own devices, which is never a good idea.

I loved The Ghost and the Goth. When I saw Queen of the Dead on Netgalley I did a happy dance. Honestly, you should see me happy dance.

When people read the summary, they might think the series is cliché. I thought it was at first. Other than the cheerleader and the goth, I really don’t think there is anything cliché about it. That, or Kade just does one heck of a job that I don’t care if it’s cliché. The characters are contagious and full of life and the plot keeps you on the edge.

One thing I really enjoyed was the two different views on the ghost situation. One side thought it would be better to help the dead when the other side thought it would be better to help the living. It’s always interesting to see and hear from both sides. It makes you think. You know a book is good if it makes you think.

I found the sequel to be just as enjoyable as the first novel. Although I did find Queen of the Dead a little predictable, reading the novel made me lose track of time. I can’t help but being sucked into the humorous, yet drama-filled world of Alona and Will!

Rating: 3.75 / 5

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